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 Post subject: Mrs. Gibbs
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:20 pm 
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I found this through a friend on fb. Thought that you might be interested in what is written in her own words.

Betty

# ID: I095
# Name: Helen Ludelia LACY
# Sex: F
# Birth: 7 JAN 1924 in Burnet Co., Tx. (Near Marble Falls)
# Change Date: 26 FEB 2003
# Note:

BIOGRAPHY: THE SAGA OF THE ORIGINAL
LACY HOG DOG
KNOWN NOW ASTHE LACY GAME DOG
Growing up in the Depression was an experience that I hope to never ha
ve to live in again. We were quite fortunate to live on a ranch and have o
ur own cattle, hogs, chickens and by-products of these to help through th
at hard time.
My grandfather, George Washington Lacy, Jr., came to Burnet Co. in 1
858, with his three brothers, John Hiram, Ewin and Frank, from Christian C
ounty, Kentucky. George brought with him a dog, which he was in theproce
ss of breeding into what was to become known as the Lacy Hog Dog. He had c
rossed a hound with a wolf (some call them coyotes) and brought this dog w
ith him to continue cross-breeding until he had the best dog for working h
ogs and other stock. He and his brothers were rock masons by trade and rai
sed hogs also to further their income. George and Ewin built the hou
se in Spicewood, Tx. before the Civil War, which is still occupied by t
he Fowler and Faubion families. It is built of limestone, with the gutte
rs being of stone also. The Lacy brothers bought land on the north si
de of the Colorado River adjacent and in the town of Marble Falls. My gra
nd father, George, owned Granite Mountain at Marble Falls at the time t
he Capital at Austin was built and gave the granite for its constructio
n. They began raising hogs for their living and had a Packing House in Aus
tin. Their dogs were used to round up the hogs, which they took to Aust
in to be slaughtered. These dogs were invaluable as they were used to "lea
d" the hogs down the Colorado to the packing house.
I wasfortunate enough to help my father, John Henry Lacy, round up ho
gs on our ranch when I was growing up in the Depression days. We didn't dr
ive the hogs, we just followed as the dogs led them to the pen. One rid
er could round up a large number of hogs with just he, his horse and his t
wo dogs. There was a penin the pasture which the dogs knew to take the ho
gs. We would go into the pasture, this one being about 1,000 acres, with t
he dogs and they would locate the hogs and round them up into an area. T
he dogs would nip the hogs and begin their run toward the pen. The hogs wo
uld chase the dogs and when the hogs no longer ran after the dogs, the do
gs would return and nip a hog again to begin more chasing by the hogs. Th
is continued until the dogs reached the pen and ran through the open ga
te with the hogs in wild pursuit. There was a hole in the pen on the oppos
ite side of the gate which Was too high for hogs to go through but which t
he dogs could jump through and escape the hogs. The ridersjust followed t
he hogs to the pen and shut the gate, thereby penning the herd with no tro
uble or danger to the horses or riders. This is still very vividin my min
d's eye even 65 years later. This is the same way the hogs were taken to A
ustin to the packing house--led by the dogs, followed by the riders. The
se dogs are working animals and are never happier than when working stoc
k. When my Dad and I use t come in for lunch and rest a short while, the d
ogs rested in the shade under a "rain water tank". When Dad would say "Gue
ss we had better get back to work", those dogs came alive and were barki
ng and readyto go to work.
We always had at least two working dogs at a time--an older one and a y
oung one learning from the older. They were either Red or Blue dogs as t
he Lacy dogs were, and are known as. They are faithful to their owner a
nd never happier than when helping to round up stock.
I never got to know my grandfather, as he died in 1906, but my fathe
r, born in 1879, and died in 1973, told me many stories about these dog
s. I was fortunate enough to be able toexperience many of the things he t
old me about his days as a cowboy and using these wonderful dogs. The
re we 13 children in my grandfathers family, but only 5 came and stay
ed in Burnet Co.. During

I forgot to put the website that this came from, so here it is:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=%3A3285943&id=I095

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"You did then what you knew how to do, and when you knew better, you did
better."
Maya Angelou

"You have enemies? Good, that means you stood up for something in your life!"
Winston Churchill

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 Post subject: Re: Mrs. Gibbs
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:36 pm 
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great read....thanks

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